Wake Up Soldier: Army Alarm

Price: $0.99
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Army Alarm: Written iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Ever need a little extra “Umph” in the morning to get your tired self out of bed? Imagine replacing your conventional alarm with a screeching drill seargent! That’s the idea behind Army Alarm, a brand-new release from developer Silver Dragon Tech.

Features:

Army Alarm allows the user to set an alarm that will blare a boot-camp inspired blast of vocals at the unfortunate receiver. If the exhausted victim chooses to hit the snooze button, they’ll be subjected to yet another withering fusillade of insults, and even a third set if they dare ignore the drill sergeant again. Army Alarm also allows the user to preview each of the three audio files before setting the alarm. The only other main option in Army Alarm is Gift, which allows the user to purchase this app and send it to other iOS users should they be inclined to be so generous. The actual vocals of the alarms are pretty good, although the first one is pretty repetitive. Why aren’t there a whole multitude of different angry drill sergeant vocals for different days, randomized, and so on? Why just three, for a paid app? Furthermore, there isn’t any nifty anti-snooze puzzle or combo to prevent the sleepy user from ignoring the snooze button and just hitting the dismiss button instead, thereby killing the audio totally. Army Alarm puts out a decent alarm, but with very limited audio files and other options.

Appearance and Layout:

Army Alarm App Review

Graphics are fairly sharp in Army Alarm-with a camo background, cartoon drill sergeant and obvious navigational buttons. The app’s main icon stands out on the iOS menu screen and the layout is simple to figure out from the start. Be sure to tap the actual arrow and not the whole sound bar when trying to play the preview sounds for each alarm, or they won’t play.

Value:

Quite frankly, it is hard to imagine buying an app just for the sake one new bedroom alarm noise or vocal. With the array of smartphones capable of playing custom alarm sounds, it will be tough to find takers for Army Alarm at $0.99. That being said, the actual app, while extremely basic, has a nice layout and a humorous, though limited, audio alarm. If you really want a quick boot-camp themed alarm and can’t be bothered to set your own custom one, Army Alarm may be just right for you.


Army Alarm iPhone app requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review. The iPhone app reviews rating:

 

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